How to deploy a droplet on DigitalOcean with Terraform?

Posted October 20, 2020 1.7k views
TerraformDigitalOcean API and CLI (doctl)

I am having a problem deploying a droplet on DigitalOcean with Terraform. I followed the documentation in the official Terraform website but it does not work. I am getting the following error:

Error: Error creating droplet: POST 422 The image you specified is not available in the selected region.

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Hi there,

I recently deployed a droplet with Terraform on my own and had the same issue. However, I fixed it by doing the following:

1st part (I assume you already did that)

  1. Go to your Control Panel and click on API on the left menu
  2. Generate new API key
  3. Add the API key to your Terraform environment as an environment in a file (best practice): variable "do_token" { default = "YOUR-API-KEY" } the do_token variable to the provider block: provider "digitalocean" { version = "2.0.0" token = var.do_token }

2nd part

  1. Execute the following code to get the latest image (centos in this example) slug from DigitalOcean API: curl -X GET -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Authorization: Bearer YOUR-API-KEY" ""
  2. Update the digitalocean_droplet block in your with the vm slug: resource "digitalocean_droplet" "web" { image = "centos-6-x64" name = "web-1" region = "lon1" size = "s-1vcpu-1gb" }

And that’s it. I hope this helps. If you need more information on the DO API, please check it here -